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It's not just the anime and manga fans... [18 Jul 2008|04:18pm]

hollywood666
...Because if you happen to like rock'n'roll, and if some of the rock bands you like incidentally happen to be from Japan, the Wapanese will make your life hell.

Here's my favorite Wapanese story. I like metal and hard rock, and some of the bands I listen to happen to be Japanese. My favorite band is a Japanese metal band called X. I couldn't care less about how they're Japanese, they could be Kenyan or Icelandic or Portuguese for all I care, I just really, really like the music.

So, once upon a time several years ago, I found another X fan in real life and started talking to her. Like all Wapanese, she thought she was very open-minded and liked to constantly announce that to everyone. She decided she wanted to expand her musical horizons, so she asked me for band recommendations. X is heavily inspired by KISS (another band I particularly like), so knowing she's an X fan, I asked if she'd listened to KISS yet. Her reply went something like this:

"EWWWWW NO, PAUL STANLEY HAS CHEST HAIR!"

Very open-minded, like I said. To this day I'm not sure what that has to do with anything, as personally, I wasn't aware that Paul's chest hair was audible on the albums.


Yo, anti_japanphile. I'm glad you exist and sorry to see you don't have more members and that no one's posted in so long.
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Salutations to y'all [04 Oct 2006|08:06pm]

sclez
[ mood | Pfft ]

Hello there, scales here!

I'm not going to pretend like I have a clean record when it comes to Japanophilia, because it's far from spotless, however- because of my music tastes I come in contact with some damn scary 'Otaku'. I'm talking animé-quoting, bad Japanese-rock masturbating, Manga licking, 'kawaii something chans' who openly admit they'd date someone just for the fact they're Japanese. God damn.

Anyway, I think I'm going to have a very good time here discussing weirdo ultimate-Japan obsessors with you all. My stories may not be as entertaining or revolutionary in the field of Otaku-teasing as some posts here, but I'll atleast be ablw to provide you with some cheap laughs.
Until next time-

Slán,

Sclez0rz.

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[26 Jul 2006|07:07pm]

kitty_gaby
I guess, so I won't sound like some sort of hypocrite, I will come clean. When I was in middle school, I was a Japanophile. I will not go into detail. It is embarresing (sp?) enough to know that I was such an idiot. But, don't worry, I'v grown out of it.

Now, on to my post. Japanese culture is interesting, but every culture is interesting. Japan is not the only country, you know. I have tried some chocolate Pocky (my friend brought it to school) I liked it, but not because it is from Japan, but because I love a lot of sweets. In fact, it was not that great, I've had better sweets.

Anime......is....okay. I'm actually starting to hate it, but I still kinda like Sailor Moon (I'm kinda girly), but just a little bit. The reason I am starting to hate anime is because of the fact that these darn anime artists in websites like deviantart get their butts kissed for drawing Inuyasha, or drawing a "bishie". I even made an anti bishie community (I'll give the link later). In my opinion, bishies are ugly. For some reason, I find "ugly" or "average" characters adorable, in anime, comics, cartoons and movies. I don't know why. Maybe it's because there are so many bishies and bishie art, that it makes me sick.

Well, I finally got that out of my system. I guess the only way I can post anything in this community is to give out links to any pics that we can discuss. Thank you for taking your time to read this post, and I hope that we can all have some good fun in this community.
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the best costumes! [29 May 2006|08:23pm]

misha_z
I was at an anime convention this past weekend, and it wouldn't be a good con if I didn't hear some Japan-loving BS.

A couple was loudly lamenting the fact that they couldn't cosplay as matching characters because one of their costume commissions hadn't arrived in time for the con. One of them had said to the other that they knew if they had bought a costume from someone within the country, that it would have arrived sooner, but ONLY GOOD COSTUMES ARE MADE IN JAPAN. They only order costumes made in Japan because they are the best and blah blah barf. It went on and on like this, with much consolations that should have been kept to their hotel room.

Riiiiiiight. I would have loved to have them repeat this in front of the cosplay judges or any of the cosplay/masquerade competitors. The stares of anger alone would have melted them to death.
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New Member [14 Apr 2006|09:07am]

coconutp0wer
[ mood | curious ]

I don't hate Japan, just the people who think Japan is the land of sunshine and rainbows. Japan did some pretty disgusting stuff. I also hate the sexism, the racism, and the amount of kiddy porn in Japan. Now a story to share. Read more...Collapse )

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Oh no! [13 Dec 2005|09:39pm]

misha_z
My image of a perfect Japan... crumbling... urrrrgh!!!

http://www.cronaca.com/archives/001128.html

Oh wait. Japanophiles probably don't care about Japanese government or politicians, even though they want to live there, and thus their lives would be affected by the Japanese government.
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More japanophilia [21 Nov 2005|11:20am]

misha_z
I welcome me to this comm!

There isn't much more I can add to the opinion that unreasonably valuing Japan over other countries is ridiculous, so I'll just show this here example:

http://forum.anipike.com/showthread.php?t=10843

This is from an anime forum. Someone specifically asked for examples of racism in anime and manga. There is a deleted post in the thread where the user flamed the thread author, calling them a hater and being all pissed off that someone dared say on an anime/manga forum that racism exists is Japan.

And then my dear Geisha Boy, the user with the kana name. No outright rude flames, but tries very hard to discourage the thread author from even writing a paper about racism in Japan, not once sticking to the topic by giving relevant examples or helping out. The logic? That racism exists everywhere, not just in Japan.

DUH! So no one in the whole world should write papers about racism ever again? That's what this sick Japanophile thinks. There's something even more wrong with this person than their Japanophilia!

It's weird that the night I had read this forum thread, I actually watched The Colbert Report which had Al Sharpton on, who made a comment that seemed as if he had read the thread as well. Something to the effect of ignoring racism will not make it go away.
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Some thoughts/rantings on Japanophilia [27 Sep 2005|11:39am]

burning_ghost
Konnichiwa, minna-chan! *the hobgoblin of reason runs over and pulls a lever which triggers a giant sumo wrestler to drop from the sky and crush her under its immense girth*

*straightens self back out again, and reminds herself to have several consecutive showers after she’s done writing this up since now she smells of sumo thong sweat*

So yeah, as you can see, I like cartoons. I also happen to like a great deal of serious, dramatic animation with more realistic character designs, shows and films which are aimed at a mature audience of older teens and adults. Many of these shows and films were created and produced in Japan, drawn and animated by a team of Japanese animators, at a Japanese animation studio, and scripted by Japanese scriptwriters (originally). And yes, the language they written in and were voiced over in by voice actors originally was only naturally, Japanese since that’s where they were broadcast originally on Japanese television or shown in Japanese movie theaters. That can only be expected.

It is true, that these factors may hold some relevance and significance, mainly when it comes to trying to understand the types of humor, puns, and cultural (both traditional and pop) references incorporated in the shows and movies produced there, and understanding some other aspects as well, like why there is a harem genre for example, why there is a strong division between girls-oriented anime/manga and boys-oriented anime/manga, why characters are drawn certain ways in certain genres of anime (for example: pretty boys or “bishounen” in shoujo and yaoi material), and so on. However, just because it may help to learn some things about Japanese society and culture, traditions, customs, issues facing the society and so on, while in the process of or before watching anime and/or reading manga, it’s still nevertheless not absolutely *necessary* to, when it comes down to it. And most importantly of all, it is certainly not necessary to feel the need to outright actively *obsess* over Japan and all things related and connected to it, most every facet and aspect of it and its culture, especially popular culture, simply because you happen to like some animation from that country and/or possibly some other types of pop culture product that have come out of Japan (whether it be video games, comics, toys, or music, even food).

Read more of this massive rant-fest...Collapse )
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[02 Jul 2005|11:23pm]

taro_san
Hey everyone.

Found this extreamly true.
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Some posts on otaku, Japan, and Japanese people [31 May 2005|12:00pm]

angry_man
crossposted to rabidfanssuck and anti_otaku_com

An interesting post about "gaijin groupies", Japanese women who date foreign men just because they're foreign, and the idea of dating solely because of race.

It's not a very long post, but Clay, the artist of the webcomic Sexy Losers, who has lived in Japan for several years now, touches on some issues that are related to otaku and the way they view Japan. This isn't the first time that Clay has talked about issues pertaining to Japan though, in the context of otakudom, as a couple of years ago he made further posts about these things. (1) (2). I highly recommend the second article as it touches on the issue of otakus and trophy wives that he briefly discussed in the first link I gave.
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The Great Animation Wars [29 May 2005|11:51am]

angry_man
If there's one thing I could do without, then it's the irrational otaku fanboy knee-jerk hateful reaction to non-Japanese animation, especially American animation (I'm going to assume that the majority of them are unaware that there is animation outside of America and Japan). How they're able to make a value judgment on nearly a century's worth of animation in this country, with all its different styles and influences, is beyond me. I wonder how many of them are aware of the fact that Japanese animation owes a debt to American animation, specifically through Osamu Tezuka, "the godfather of anime", used Walt Disney's techniques in making "Astro Boy"?

The idea that Japanese animation is so much better because it's more lenient in what can be shown (because cartoon boobs and showing a lot of graphic violence equals quality), that it's much more original (so many of the storylines are cliche, pillaged, or unoriginal, it's just that the better stuff tends to be imported), that the animation is better (uh, stills? Framerate? Hello?), many of these things that the otaku deify don't really hold up to scrutiny. One thing I will give is that Japanese animation tends to have much more room for more mature and adult theme, as well as social commentary. That, however, does not mean that American animation is bad (I dare anyone who saw the Batman animated series, one of the great animated series, to say it was bad).

Family Guy, Simpsons, Batman, Gargoyles, and many, many others, ignoring these in the discussion is akin to put your fingers in your ears and going "la la la la, I'm not listening" (I wouldn't be surprised if some of them did it too).

There's room for discussion on the merits of different animation from different countries. One thing the discussion doesn't need though is unfounded fanboy hate.

P.S. After seeing a number of American cartoons that are styled after Japanese animation (Totally Spies is just one god-awful example of it), I'm thankful that most animation studios still use their own styles and techniques.
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You Fruits [13 May 2005|03:27am]

kreate
Fruits is some damn magazine they made the mistake of printing in the US so all these idiots could form a cult following. I can walk around any city in the world and take pictures of a select few freaks and make a book out of it and sell it so people can have something to mimick.

I think the kids in Harajuku are cute and all but that scene is DEAD. Just some lonely goths crying for attention. Why cant people start becoming more interested in traditional Japan? Swordmaking, zen, ikebana, whatever. Freaky kids with lots of makeup and striped pantyhose are in any big city in the world.

Sorry I am so tired and for some reason cannot peel my fingers off this keyboard. Must go .
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[04 May 2005|01:43am]

kreate
Dammit, why is nobody posting? This place has potential. I did not know this bizarre japanophile culture existed till recently (I knew about the white guys with an Asian fetish but that is a whole nother community). It is really weird because I have been looking at some peoples LJs and they seriously wear anime costumes and talk about the "kawaii" articles of clothing they got on ebay. They think kawaii is a term you can use that has that certain cutsie Japanese girl appeal to it even though it is just as broad as the word "cute." I just find any form of cultural appropriation appalling and this type is particularly annoying because I already find the "kogyaru" irritating in their original form and to have Americans doing a bad job cloning them is just bad enough to lead me to join this community.
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An Introduction, and a suggestion... [27 Mar 2005|04:04am]

kidpsyko
First of all... Yo.

With that out of the way, I want to make a suggestion: Maybe change the interests so this sounds less like a den of racism. Hating Japan? Hating Japanese? Sounds like it might attract the wrong set, yeah? I want to hear from fellow anti-Japanophiles, not knuckle-dragging, shaven-head racists. It may sound like a small thing to do, but it could put off people (the good kind) from joining if it goes unchanged. Oh, and it'd be less fodder for when a Japanophile DOES come and complain.
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